The USDA recommends half of the grains you eat be whole grains. And popcorn totally counts! Previously I posted how you can make popcorn in the microwave simply using a brown paper bag. This idea prompted Beth to start making popcorn everyday and she’s just about lost all of her baby weight eating this low fat yummy snack. Well, here’s another one for you, WITHOUT the paper bag. I bring you, popcorn in a dish!Step 1: Put 1/3 cup popcorn kernals in microwave safe 1 1/2- 2 qt dish with lid Step 2: Put in microwave for a good 5 to 5 1/2 minutes (or until popping slows down) Step 3: Top it with whatever your kids like! Warning! The dish is VERY HOT! Do not let your kids take this out of the microwave, and use hot pads. I love this idea because pre-packaged microwave popcorn is full of chemicals, and regular popcorn kernals can get as low as .08 per ounce. (Although I think certain brands pop better than others) But we need more topping ideas. We usually add a small amount of butter, or cooking spray with a shake of salt. But we are kind of boring that way. What do you put on your popcorn? VOTING 08! Excited to vote today? Don’t forget there is so much more to vote for than President. We have local leaders to vote for as well as issues. Know what will be on your ballot BEFORE you get to the voting booth. There has been so much hype around this presidential election, but your local leaders are vital to make this political system work!